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Project Eats in Jersey City

Project Eats in Jersey City

I recently took a quick ride to Jersey City for the Project Eats event.  Project Eats is a family friendly, outdoor food truck and food vendor event.  After a great workout at the gym, I enjoyed a few tasty bites at the Project Eats Event.  This […]

10Below Ice Cream on a Whim

10Below Ice Cream on a Whim

  Am I the only one that feels like a great meal is incomplete without something sweet, like ice cream?  The other night after an awesome meal at a cookout in Mount Vernon, I reluctantly asked my friend if we could take a detour on […]

Curry Chicken

Curry Chicken

One of the first West Indian dishes that I ate after embracing my Antiguan heritage  was Curry Chicken.  Growing up in Michigan with my Antiguan dad and American mom, I typically ate mostly American cuisine, and occasionally had an island themed beef patty.  Even on trips to visit my grandmother in Jamaica Queens, I only ate the beef patties.  Until one summer, my aunt in Elmont NY cooked curry chicken, and my parents were not around.  My sister and I didn’t know what it was, and went with the flow of my cousins and uncle at the table.  The minute we tasted the curry chicken, we were in love.  We never used hot sauce until we saw our family in New York using it, now I order multiple bottles at a time from our favorite hot sauce brand Susie’s (made in Antigua).  You want to talk about eye opening.  I think this experience probably opened my eyes to trying different types of food and trying to make more Caribbean dishes.Seasoned curry chicken

Curry Chicken Recipe

4 chicken thighs

Jamaican Curry Powder

1 medium sized onions thinly sliced

5 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 scotch bonnet pepper, diced finely

8 whole allspice berries

salt and pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup canned coconut milk

Seasoning the Chicken

Salt and pepper the chicken, and coat the chicken with curry powder and place the chicken in a plastic container or bag.  Place the sliced onions, scotch bonnet, allspice berries, and thyme sprigs into container with the chicken.  Allow the chicken to sit overnight while refrigerated.

Cooking the Chicken

On medium high heat add 2 tbsp of olive oil to the pan, and 2 tbsp of curry powder to toast, once you smell the aroma, add the chicken to brown on all sides, and add the rest of the contents of the plastic container to the pan.  Once the chicken is browned, add water to just cover the chicken and bring to a boil, lower the heat to allow the chicken to simmer.  When the chicken has cooked through and is almost falling off of the bone (in about an hour) add the coconut milk, and simmer for 20 more minutes.  Taste, and determine if the level of heat is to you liking, if it needs more heat, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.  I’ll blog about Susie’s separately…yum.

 

Curry Chicken Plated

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

I know the stuff in the jar is easier, I get it.  I’ve been trying to be very aware of what I eat and the ingredients in all of my food.  I used to keep a jar of the marinade just in case I needed […]

Barnola Granola

Barnola Granola

Whenever I learn of someone or something being associated with my dads home country, Antigua & Barbuda, I am instantly intrigued.  A few months ago my sister told me about Barnola, a great granola company.  Barnola is a love note to Aisha Thompson’s childhood.  The Antiguan […]

Trinidadian Doubles

Trinidadian Doubles


The popular street food of Trinidad and Tobago, is something that I have been wanting to recreate for years.  With travel being so expensive, I find that food can take you on a quick trip anywhere you want.  And as the weather gets a little for Fall like, I have been thinking of the Caribbean.  I started on my Caribbean flavor trip to Trinidad.  My next flavor trips will take us to Jamaica, and my dads home country the island of Antigua.

If you have never tried doubles, you have to give them a try, they are what I call the Trini Taco, the fried bread is the vessel for stewed chick peas in a delicious spicy gravy.  The doubles can be topped with different chutney’s or sauces.  I made a traditional tamarind chutney for a sweet heat to top this tasty snack.  Doubles are typically eaten for breakfast or lunch, and as a special late night snack, but doesn’t this look way better than that late night fast food joint with the bell?

Doubles ingredients

Although there are a few components to build a double, it is well worth it, and each component was pretty easy to make.

Stewed Chana

Trinidadian Doubles Fried Bread

Stewed Curry Chickpeas

1/4 cup canola oil

3 tablespoon curry powder

1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 large diced onion

3 garlic cloves minced

1 teaspoon of ground all spice

8 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 drained cans of chick pea

2 cups of water

1 tsp of hot sauce

1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper

2 scallions or green onions

Over medium high heat, cook the onion, garlic, and all of the spice until the onions have softened and become translucent.  Add the drained chickpeas scallions, pepper, and hot sauce, stir and add water.  Allow the peas to come to a boil and then allow to simmer.

Fried Bread

3 cups of flour

1 1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1 packet of active yeast

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp ground white pepper

1 cup of warm water

1 tablespoon of honey

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add honey and water until a dough is developed.  coat the dough in oil and allow it to rest and proof in a warm area for an hour.  Roll dough into 15 even balls.  Heat oil in a shallow frying pan to prepare to fry the bread.  Begin rolling the balls of dough flat and fry for 15-30 sec on each side.

Tamarind Sauce

9 tamarind pods

1 1/2 cups of water

3 cloves of garlic

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 scotch bonnet or habanero

3 culantro leaves

Empty all of the tamarind pods into a frying pan with the water, bring to a slow boil while stirring.  Once all of the pods are in the pan and the water is boiling, allow the water and tamarind pods to boil for 4 minutes or until the pits begin to separate from the tamarind.  Remove the pits, add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.  When the ingredients are a smooth texture, bring the chutney to a simmer in sauce pan.

 

 

 

Darius Cooks Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Darius Cooks Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Let me just tell you, I am a fan of Darius Cooks.  His food is delectable, simple, and approachable.  If you are not familiar with his talent, you will soon learn more about him. I have never believed that I was much of a baker, but […]

Dorothy Cann Hamilton Lived in Her Purpose

Dorothy Cann Hamilton Lived in Her Purpose

Dorothy Cann Hamilton Founder and CEO of The International Culinary Center, what a loss.  This morning I woke up like I usually do.  I flipped through all of the eventful things that my social media connections did through out the night.  My heart sunk when […]

Apple Galette Feelin Kinda Fancy

Apple Galette Feelin Kinda Fancy

I was feelin’ fancy and since I am back to my health focus, I figured why not make a fattening dessert that others could enjoy. I canada pharmacy online decided to use a crust that I needed to do something with and make an apple galette, since I have always wanted to attempt this rustic elegant dessert. This dessert was so good, I didn’t even sample it before I took it to work for my coworkers to enjoy, for fear that I would eat the entire thing myself. 6 apples, peeled and sliced thin 2 tsp of cinnamon 1 cup of canadianpharmacyonline-rx sugar 1 lemon, juiced and zested 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp of salt 1 egg yolk for brushing the crust turbinado sugar for the crust 4 tbsp of butter, cut in small pieces 2 pie crusts rolled out into 1 Caramel Drizzle 1 cup brown sugar 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter 1/4 cup whole milk dressed fruit After slicing the apples, I tossed apples with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, zest and juice of one lemon homemade crust I rolled the crust out and put it on a baking sheet with parchment paper. The recipe that I always go to for any pie is from Martha Stewart, it is flakey and generic cialis very easy. Apple Galette ready for the oven After the apples were piled in the center of the rolled out dough, the crust is formed around the apples and the butter was dotted all over the apples. Finished Apple Galette After the galette was in the 375 deg oven for 15 minutes, I brushed the crust with the beaten egg yoke. Once natural pharmacy canada the crust was completely coated sprinkle turbinado sugar and let the galette continue to bake for an additional cialis-topstorerx.com 25-35 minutes or until the apples were tender and the crust was tadalafil dosage golden. Apple Galette Finished To bring it up to another delicious level, I melted a cup of brown sugar and a stick of butter. Once the the sugar was melted into the butter, I added the milk and stirred to combine. When the caramel is at a consistency for drizzling take it off of the stove and drizzle on the galette for a viagra-bestrxonline.com beautiful finish.

Back on Track – Asian Stir Fry

Back on Track – Asian Stir Fry

Yep, I know, I have been totally MIA accept for random shares on my Facebook page. I have been taking care of a great deal of personal life stuff. But I am back, and refocused on myself. I have been getting more consistency in the […]


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Yep, I know, I have been totally MIA accept for random shares on my Facebook page. I have been taking care of a great deal of personal life stuff. But I am back, and refocused on myself. I have been getting more consistency in the gym, and have dialed in the healthy food choices, so I wanted to share one of my meal choices with you, its an awesomely quick stir fry. Last week after my evening http://canadianpharmacyonline-rx.com/ workout at the gym, I needed a quick meal packed with protein and healthy carbs. So I whipped up a quick Asian stir fry and I have to say, I impressed myself viagra rezeptfrei online kaufen with creating this dish with no recipes. Asian tadalafilcialis-storerx.com Beef Stir Fry 2 Tbsp of Coconut Amino (healthy soy replacement) 2 tsp fish sauce 1 tsp of honey 1 clove of garlic (grated) 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch 4 oz of top sirloin does cialis work with low testosterone beef strips 1 cup of broccoli florets 1 med bell pepper cut in strips 1/2 zucchini (I had it so I threw it in) handful of green beans 2 teaspoons of sesame flomax viagra oil pinch of red pepper flakes (late thought, after I took the picture) Ingredients for stir fry   Vegetables cooking in sesame oil Once the beef has been browned in 1 tsp of the sesame oil and set aside, add all of the cut vegetables http://tadalafilcialis-storerx.com/ to the hot pan. vegetable with beef When the veggies begin to viagra south africa cook through in the remaining sesame oil add the beef back to the pan, and let the veggies continue to cook. When the veggies cook through and become tender add the mixture of ginger, garlic, aminos, red pepper flakes, corn starch, and fish sauce to the pan, and toss the veggies an meat in the pan to coat it all. Finish with salt and pepper to taste. This meal was filling and was perfect for a post workout meal. I hope to continue to share more ideas that are helping me get back on track in hopes that I can help some of you do the same. Feel free to comment with any suggestions that you would like to see going forward.  


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Barnola Granola

Barnola Granola

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Dorothy Cann Hamilton Lived in Her Purpose

Dorothy Cann Hamilton Lived in Her Purpose

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Healthy Jump Start Day 8

Healthy Jump Start Day 8

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Healthy Jump Start Day 5

Healthy Jump Start Day 5

Day 5 is complete and Day 6 begins.  I started the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse this week and I am feeling so much better each day.  The cravings for fatty food have gone away and I am completely focused and actually looking forward to cooking and […]

Healthy Jump Start Day 3

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